Advances in Specialised Intensive Care of the Newborn


Advances in Specialised Intensive Care of the Newborn

This module, offered at both Level 6 and Level 7, builds on the Special and High Dependency Care of the Newborn module and aims to provide evidence based practice for babies requiring Intensive care ensuring competent practitioners, and to promote independent learning, demonstrating research ability and provide focus for further development.

FC3S023 (Level 6) TBC TBC TBC
FC4S023 (Level 7) TBC TBC TBC

 You have the option of studying this module at two academic levels. Level 6 is at degree and level 7 at Masters. The content and the assignment criteria is the same for both academic levels. What differs is the academic depth of the assignment, which will follow the level 7 assessment criteria. The principles of neonatal care are equally important whilst caring for a neonate in intensive care. 

  • Embryology
  • Anatomy and physiology of the maturing neonate
  • Thermoregulation of the critically ill preterm infant
  • Principles of ventilation and management of the ventilated neonate
  • Surgical management of the neonate
  • Exchange transfusions
  • Developmental care
  • Interpretation of results e.g. septic screen, microbiology, biochemistry etc.
  • Care of the dying child
  • Withdrawal of treatment – Ethics issues 
  • Retrieval – from delivery suite and other neonatal unit

It is important to remember that this is a nursing module and at the end of this study period, you will have increased your knowledge and clinical skills in this area. This will require more than attendance at the study day. To be successful at degree level requires your commitment to be an active learner. This will entail additional reading and a questioning attitude whilst meeting the clinical learning outcomes for this module.

Applicants must be post-registration staff working in a Special Care Baby Unit/Neonatal Unit.

 Theory Level 6

  • Demonstrate an in depth understanding of the physiology and maturation of the neonate and foetus including common complications that may occur.
  • Critically analyse the nurse’s role in the support of neonates and their families through the various stages of care considering professional, ethical and legal implications related to practice.

Theory Level 7

  • Demonstrate an in-depth and critical understanding of the physiology & maturation of the neonate and foetus, including common complications that may occur in the intensive care environment.
  • Critically analyse and synthesise the nurse’s role in support of neonates and their families through the various stages of care considering professional, ethical and legal implications related to practice.

Clinical assessment for both levels

  • Demonstrate the ability to assess, plan, provide and evaluate evidence-based care for a baby requiring intensive care. 
  • Demonstrate competence in providing intensive care through the completion of clinical competencies.

Formative assessment

Formative assessment will be via student involvement in group work, problem solving exercises and performance of clinical skills. 

Summative assessment

A 3,000 word reflective account, reflecting on one or two learning outcomes within the intensive neonatal care module clinical assessment pack. The assignment could be based on a case, a care package or related to a disease or syndrome. The student must remember that this is a nursing assignment and the content should reflect this.

Practice assessment 

Achievement of clinical competencies supported by a portfolio of evidence.

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